This class is for beginners and those who want to deepen their understanding of yoga foundations. We’ll take time to explore basic yoga postures and basic breathing techniques. The key is understanding that your breath is the core part of the practice.
Many people believe they can’t do yoga because they are not flexible enough. You don’t have to conform to the pose as there are many ways to modify each posture to best suit your body needs. In turn, this careful examination of postures will optimize all of yoga’s various health benefits. We need to know that all asanas are nature inspired. As little children, we unknowingly participated in doing lots of asana movements. What created physical limitations is living in a seating culture. While knowing this simple truth, it is very easy to use your natural body alignment to do the pose and avoid forceful movement.
We are aiming towards gaining confidence and knowledge about how to safely practice yoga. Learning to breathe correctly and bringing awareness towards inhaling and exhaling will add multiple benefits as the body is better oxygenated. Heightened body awareness can greatly improve how well you take care of yourself on the mat and in your day to day life.
With consistent practice, you will eliminate shoulders, hip and knee stiffness. You will become more aware of how you use your body, how you sit, and how you walk. Your upper spine will feel more flexible, and your hips more opened. Also, you will start to notice where you hold emotional tension in your body. All this will lead to a series of benefits for conditions like anxiety, depression, asthma, fibromyalgia, stress, osteoporosis, arthritis, headaches, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, lower back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and other conditions.
A Brief Outline of the Routine
The class will start with body-breath integration allowing to sense those areas which hold tension. We’ll explore in very much detail your existing breathing patterns and how to slowly incorporate the correct one, and to synchronize it with movement. You’ll practice body-awareness and gradually improve flexibility in those areas of tension. Basic poses for the feet, knee, hips, hamstrings, moving onto the shoulders and upper body and spine will be experienced. You will also take time to work on core strength to keep the body stable and supported while in a posture. The class will end with a guided meditation for beginners. You’ll leave feeling connected and present.
Style driven from: Hatha Yoga and Classical Yoga (Raja Yoga)
Level: Beginners welcomed!
Equipment needed: comfortable clothes, water, mat
Time/ Location: See class schedule
I have recently started to work with Maria at HealthYoga to help with my fibromyalgia and to rebalance my body after open heart surgery.
I am delighted to write this review based on my experience with Maria. Not only is she immensely qualified, Maria provides an integrated approach to yoga and provides a “whole “ body and life program designed specifically for each student ‘s needs
In only a couple of months, I am seeing the benefits of Maria ‘s knowledge and support and I highly recommend HealthYoga to anyone looking for a professional and authentic teacher in a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
Maria’s dedication to the study of yoga is brought forward to share with others in her class. She is attentive to your wellbeing, physically and therapeutically. I find the atmosphere calming and relaxing. Maria has helped me in many ways. I have become more aware of looking within myself for peace and strength.
Following a diagnosis of a torn shoulder ligament and unsuccessful visits to a physiotherapist, I attended Maria’s yoga ‘shoulder’ therapy classes. Prior to seeing Maria, shoulder pain persisted for more than a year, so I wasn’t optimistic about a quick heal. After about 2-3 months with Maria’s guidance, my shoulder is now functioning at 100% to what it was. I plan to continue with Maria for continued shoulder health and maintenance and highly recommend Maria and Health Yoga to others!
I have also met with Maria for Personal Yoga Therapy. With guidance on gentle movements as well as natural healing advice from Maria, my knee is also functioning as it was prior to an injury.
Maria’s Restorative Yoga is a healing as her other modalities. I enjoy attending as a 'Nana and grand-daughter outing’. I would encourage anyone to explore any or all of Maria’s offerings. Her knowledge, attention to detail and holistic approach will serve you well. Namaste.
"If you are looking for a whole new yoga experience try one of Maria's classes. It's definitely not a "one size" fits all practice. She is very knowledgeable and tailors the program to your abilities.
Personally, I am constantly dealing with shoulder, neck and hip issues that originate from my curling, golf, computer time and stress levels. I find this is a great addition to my other supports to keep me active and pain-free."
"I have attended several of Maria’s yoga classes and thoroughly enjoy them.
Maria has a broad and deep knowledge of yoga. She is able to communicate calmly and clearly what she knows. She can speak to how the body works on a physiological, emotional and psychological level. More importantly, she is encouraging a nonjudgemental practice and makes you feel good about what you are doing. At the end of a class, I always feel calmer and more relaxed."
I have enjoyed Maria’s chair yoga classes for the last two years. Her extensive study of yoga and her background as an engineer equip her well to teach many types of yoga. Maria’s gentle competent way has given me the confidence and ways to deal with my health issues. Chair yoga can be adapted to accommodate any degree of disability. Thanks for a great class today. Gail
"After each session, I feel as if I have worked hard. After 4 sessions my lower back, shoulders, and legs feel stronger. Proper breathing feels very good and especially at night when I cannot sleep. Maria explains the poses well and in a soft voice."
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"I first met Maria when she came to work with me. As a physically disabled individual, I found Maria to be very understanding and accommodating. She treated me as a person first and worked with me, providing for all my needs, emotional support and soon her friendship. She has a true gift when it comes to helping others."
"Being very new to the practice of yoga, I can get lost in larger classes. This is not the case at Health Yoga. The classes I've taken at Health Yoga offered a lot of one-on-one assistance to guide and enhance my practice. My breathing is becoming stronger and I am developing a deeper connection between my mind and body. Maria is an excellent instructor and guide for the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga."
"I have been practicing yoga for 15 years and Maria is one of the most skilled yoga teachers I have had. She is very knowledgeable and careful, always paying attention to her student's alignment, and respectfully suggesting adjustments. She exemplifies yogic philosophy and encourages her students to examine themselves. I have learned a great deal from Maria. I highly recommend her!"
"I have taken a number of classes with Maria and the first thing that comes to mind about her practice is that this is her vocation. She teaches the entire philosophy of body, mind, and spirit of yoga. You will not be disappointed if you have the opportunity to attend Maria's yoga practices."
Joanne Elizabeth Oliver
"Great program for anyone suffering from pain. Great teacher. I really enjoy this form of yoga. Maria teaches all different yoga."
"I met Maria over a year ago. During the course of that time, I’ve had a couple of signiﬁcant injuries including a pinched sciatic nerve. Maria’s understanding of human anatomy is extensive as is her ability to modify poses to suit practitioner's needs. She adjusted movements to help strengthen muscles to decrease the possibility of reinjury. My posture has also improved signiﬁcantly since practicing with Maria. Maria has a gentle yet thorough approach to not only the physical aspects of yoga but also the spiritual and mental components. Her goal is to provide the best experience possible to both the brand new yogi or a yogi who has practiced for years. Because she has studied many styles of yoga, Maria is able to oﬀer guidance so you can decide which you want to pursue. On a personal note, I took breathing for granted before beginning yoga. I have learned how important it is when faced with situations that cause stress. Breathing can help lower your stress level if done a certain way. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found such an expert who is so willing and able to share her knowledge and passion for yoga and overall health."
"I have been very fortunate to have had Maria as a Yoga instructor. I have COPD (breathing problems ) because Maria is insistent on proper breathing techniques during practice I have found my breathing has improved. Thank You, Maria,"
"My husband and I recently practiced Partner Yoga with Maria and we both thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The studio had a romantic and relaxing atmosphere which was the perfect set up to help us connect as a couple. Maria guided us through various poses, which helped us to sense each other on a deeper level while synchronizing our breathing. It was the perfect bonding experience with my husband and made us take time from our busy schedules to truly be aware of each other's needs while also building confidence and trust in one another through touch. Maria is a wonderful instructor, giving us the perfect start to our romantic weekend together."
"I have practiced Yoga before, but have never found an instructor as dedicated and passionate as Maria. In my short time at Health Yoga, my posture, flexibility, strength and mind/body connection through breathing have all benefited from the practice. I have tried many classes and have enjoyed them all. Maria created an inviting and non-judgemental space where everyone is welcome with compassion and understanding of their unique needs within the practice. If you have pain, stress in your life or just want the benefits of the yoga practice, Health Yoga is the place to go. Maria has extensive knowledge of the human body and the yoga practice itself, which makes her a very involved teacher in all her classes. She makes sure each class is tailored to the individual so that they truly get the full benefits while practicing. There is a class at Health Yoga for everybody. I always feel the day and my worries melt away after a great Yoga class with Maria.
Thanks, Maria for all that you do, you are a wonderful person and a joy to be around. I love all your Yoga classes! "
Robert (Bob) Potts
I have had the privilege to practice yoga for 20 years and have loved every moment of it. I had the honor of meeting Maria at her yoga classes a number of years ago. Maria displays love and passion for her yoga teachings as well as her own yoga practice. Maria's mindful and caring approach to yoga is excellent. I adore her yoga classes."
"Maria takes a Yoga class to a whole new level. She has a gentle manner and talks quietly. She takes you through the poses slowly...you will achieve an Advanced pose without even thinking. Maria will adjust your alignment, she will move around the class and help individual students. She will take the time to talk to you after class. Your zest for living will improve. Don't want to get out of bed in the morning...wake up and do Yoga with Maria. Is your teenager going down the wrong track...send him/her to Maria. Yoga with Maria is a life-changing experience."
“Maria is an exceptional yoga instructor. She possesses a wonderful combination of knowledge, empathy, and positivity. After practicing yoga for more than 10 years, Maria gave me the tools and knowledge to take my practice to another level. I highly recommend Maria as a coach whether you’re a beginner, a more experienced yoga practitioner or have specific health concerns.”
"Maria consistently inspires me with her thoughtful, spiritually uplifting words, and her attentive, nurturing instruction and monitoring. She has a genuine, sincere, warm presence in and out of the yoga studio, and a curious nature that propels her toward continuous learning and growth. I have a tremendous respect and gratitude for her and her strong work ethic, dedication, and passion for exploration and delivery of effective stretching and building of limbs, muscles, and souls."
"Maria is an advocate of a healthy mind and body. I've personally enjoyed working creatively with her to find ways to bring yoga into lives through a language and venue that invites and inspires.
Maria has been an amazing and approachable yoga teacher at the YMCA and continues to be a strong and valuable influence on the Kingston yoga community. Her, experience and body of knowledge is a treasure trove that she is willing to share in the true spirit of yoga, and the connection we inherently have with the world around us."
Maria is so knowledgeable about the body, muscles, and breathing. She imparts this during her classes. No matter the size of the class she moves around each person ensuring they are able to do each move correctly and do not have any issues. Her classes are relaxing and a feeling of rejuvenation in mind and body upon leaving.
"Maria Mitea embodies a real mind, body and spirit connection in her yoga practice. She generously shares her deep understanding of how the breath, body, and mind should flow together from the very basic to advanced yoga positions. Classes are varied and provide just the right level of challenge for a broad range of yoga practitioners. During a yoga class, she will quietly spend the time with each student to provide additional instruction and knowledgeably adjusting as needed with the appreciation that each person’s practice is their own. Maria weaves insightful yoga philosophy into each practice guiding the power of your thoughts to a place of quiet reflection and well-being. I come away from her classes with my body feeling limber, refreshed and my mind rested. I would highly recommend taking yoga classes from Maria, you will be glad you did!"